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Lendon Scantlebury
sculptor, painter, curator

Barbados sculpted the man; the sights, sounds, textures, tastes and smells seduced his senses, and it is from that which he drew.
Born in Barbados, Lendon was a dynamic and colourful character with a deep enthusiasm for art. He moved to the UK in 1971 bringing with him the memories of his early life in Barbados - the sights, sounds and smells of which recall deep meanings for him.
He described his sculptures as "mainly contemporary, looking at the human psychological and spiritual journey in life, using materials such as wood, leather and cloth to eventually be made into bronze, giving a representation of the subject rather than detail. Sculpture means shape form and simplicity."  

Lendon worked for over 30 years in the bronze foundry and sculpture casting business, having owned and run his own art foundry for some years. This gave him the knowledge and understanding of working in bronze as well as the wide range of patinas - restoring as well as creating new work. He was a passionate professional artist who exhibited widely and curated successful exhbitions to showcase not only his own art but also that of his fellow artists carefully chosen to complement the venues - Ardington, Turn End, Bothy Vineyard and many more.
Lendon also encouraged young aspiring artists to explore new media and methods and had planned to endow a foundation to enable more young people to discover the art within them. This will now be undertaken by his friends and fellow artists so that his name will continue to inspire and motivate.

Lendon is survived by his two daughters, Natalie and Alaina, and his partner Dawn Benson, sculptor and painter.
23 October 1960 - 11 January 2017  

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